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Demetrius Williams

  • Associate Professor, Department of Global Studies (Comparative Literature Program)


  • ThD, Harvard Divinity School, 1997
    Major: New Testament and Christian Origins
  • MDiv, Harvard Divinity School, 1990
    Major: Pastoral Care and Counseling; Scripture and Interpretation
  • MTS., Harvard Divinity School, 1988
    Major: Scripture and Interpretation
  • BA, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1986
    Major: Comparative Religion

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Literature of Early Christianity
  • Paul the Apostle
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Literature of Second Temple Judaism
  • Gnosticism
  • The Bible in the African American Experience
  • The Bible and Literary Analysis
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Introduction to Religious Studies

Research Interests

  • Pauline Rhetoric and Rhetorical Analysis
  • Empire Studies and Biblical Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Biblical Studies
  • African American Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Post-Modern, Post-Colonial and Ideological Studies

Teaching Interests

  • Religious Controversy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Narrative Analysis
  • World Scriptures
  • Literary Theory and Religious Literature


Williams, D. K. (2012, June). African American Approaches: Re-humanizing the Reader against Racism and Reading Through Experience. Marchal, J. A. (Ed.). Studying Paul's Letters: Contemporary Perspectives and Methods, 155-73. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
Williams, D. K. (2012, June). "'No Longer as a Slave: 'Reading' the Interpretation History of Philemon". Johnson, M. V., Noel, J. A., & Williams, D. K. (Eds.). Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race and Slavery in Philemon, 11-45. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
Noel, J. A., Johnson, M. V., & Williams, D. K., eds. (2012). Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race and Slavery in Philemon. Minneapolis: Fortress Books.
Williams, D. K. (2009, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). ’Upon All Flesh’: Acts 2 and Intersectional Realities. Bailey, R. C., Benny Liew, T., & Segovia, F. F. (Eds.). They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism, Semeia Studies No. 57, 289-310. Society of Biblical Literature.
Williams, D. K. (2007). Acts of the Apostles. Blount, B. K., Felder, C. H., Martin, C. J., & Powery, E. B. (Eds.). True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary, 213-48. Fortress Press.